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Wednesday, August 29. 2018
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University will allow students to opt out of anti-stress program … if they’re too stressed
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Berkeley students teach peers about 'whiteness,' 'decolonizing'
Thank God for higher ed
Men only at The International: Why are there no female competitors at esports' biggest event?
May I opine that these games are the biggest waste of life that exists?
Group at Facebook reportedly challenging its 'intolerant' liberal culture - More than 100 employees have joined the group, The New York Times reports.
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Chicago Cardinal Cupich: The Pope Has More Important Stuff To Talk About Than Sex Abuse, Like Climate Change And Immigration
Catholic Cold War Turns Hot
‘Why Socialism Failed: A 2018 Update
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Greenfield: TRUMP'S 5 RULES FOR RULING THE WORLD - Trump isn’t reacting to the world. The world is reacting to him.
Merkel Facing “Xenophobic Riots” After Migrants Kill German Citizen
As Land Confiscations Loom, South Africa Rules 300,000 Gun-Owners Turn Over Their Weapons
China May Scrap Two-Child Policy, Ending 40 Years Of Limits
The Man Who Predicted the Venezuelan Catastrophe in 1893
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re May I opine that these games are the biggest waste of life that exists?
Well . . . perhaps so.
I would argue argue watching television is worse as it is such a passive activity. At least the video games require interaction and thought.
BTW, I am not a video game player.
I grew up playing computer games, mostly of the strategy variety, in the 1980s. I loved games like Civilization, Sid Meier's Pirates! and Gettysburg.
When my oldest was about 10 years old, he wanted to play a shooter game. I never had, and thought they were dangerous in that they might make someone want to shoot people in real life. Several of my best students had argued with me that the myth wasn't true at all. The rule in our house was no blood in your video games, so my son found a free online shooter with no blood called Battlefield Online. I decided to let him try it with the understanding that if it caused any violent behavior, I would take it away.
We have two computers at the same work desk, so while I was teaching online that summer I watched him get killed again and again in this shooter. I gave him a few suggestions I thought would help him improve and he said "Dad, you couldn't do any better". Ok, you're on.
The first couple of rounds I was indeed worse than him. The controls were completely counter-intuitive to me and I was slaughtered horribly (think about a 3/25 kill death ratio per round for those of you who have played a shooter).
But as I got the hang of it and learned to use my weapons and to move more efficiently I broke even and eventually was good enough to finish near the top of the leaderboard in almost every round.
Even though I was one of the older players, I enjoyed the pure competition of it. I felt NO desire to shoot anyone in real life just because I was doing it in a video game about shooting people on a battlefield.
When Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 came out on the CPU, my son and I both played them and I was very good there, too. Not professional gamer good. I played in matches with and against some of the guys who were that good. They were as much better than me as a professional baseball player is better than a good beer league softball player.
I would argue that hand eye coordination and twitch reflexes gave them the advantage. That and a top dollar gaming rig, which I was never tempted to buy.
But my point is that being good at a video game is a skill. It isn't one I value as highly as communication skills or a strong work ethic. I don't mind top gamers getting paid big $ because people want to watch them play.
While it may seem silly to people our age to think of it as a job, to our current teenagers, being a professional video gamer is just as much a "real job" as being a pro baseball player is. The money isn't the same right now, but it might be some day as the gaming culture becomes more accepted and lucrative.
I also agree with Feeblemind that one of the attractions of games is that they let the player drive the story. When I watch a baseball game or a movie, I am a passive consumer. But the best games allow me to change the story and feel like I did it.
And when used properly, they are a FUN way to relieve stress. When I had a bad day teaching college freshmen, it was fun to come home and shoot the characters of people that age online. After I had gotten very good at it, some of the guys I had killed online would say silly things like "Dean, I bet you are a fat loser living in your mom's basement who has never had a date in your life!" It was their way of telling me to get a life.
I think that games will become even more immersive and fun in the future. I will likely be too old to care about most of them. But I expect that the people who are stellar at playing them will be bigger and bigger stars to the people who are only average.
Trump's 5 Rules for Ruling the World
There's the problem right there. Trump doesn't rule the world. He doesn't even rule the United States.
Sooo y'alls opinions are more valid than others.
Let's just go with that, shall we?
kiddiezatemypuppy: Sooo y'alls opinions are more valid than others.
Our position is based on facts. In particular, the U.S. president heads the executive branch of the U.S. federal government with power limited by the U.S. Constitution and U.S. law, sharing federal power with the legislative and judicial branches, the federal government sharing power with state and local governments, with power distributed ultimately to individual citizens who participate in open elections for their representatives.
The U.S. President has no sovereignty over other nations or the people of other nations. Since WWII, the U.S. has wielded significant influence over other nations by building alliances based on trust and shared interests, including the notion of national sovereignty and the inherent right of people to govern themselves, which acts as a natural check on American power while allowing the U.S. to lead as first among equals.
Trump isn’t reacting to the world. The world is reacting to him.
And as long as he can keep the world reacting to him, he’s the one setting the agenda for the world.
And the kiddiez keep proving it, again and again..
Anyway, thanks for the civics lesson, kiddiez.
kiddiezatemypuppy: And the kiddiez keep proving it, again and again.
That's right. The problem is right in the headline to the article. If Trump is trying to rule the world, then he is a would-be tyrant. This could be very damaging to the future ability of the U.S. to marshal the world's support in the future.
kiddiezatemypuppy: Anyway, thanks for the civics lesson
You didn’t even read the article. And you responded to drowningpuppies, your hated troll. Double goodness! Kiddiesatempuppy, for the win!
I feel like a dult for blowing your cover. My humblest apologies. It was just to funny; got caught up in the moment.
B. Hammer: You didn’t even read the article.
Actually, we did read the entire article, but usually stop and comment if and when they run off the rails — which they did in the very title. But thanks for asking.
Keep in mind that the international order is based on national sovereignty and the right of people to self-determination, something generations of Americans have fought to establish. For a single person or even a single nation to undertake to rule over the whole world is a bid for tyranny.
Chaos is power
Chaos is a ladder.
The rule of law, the preservation of important traditions and institutions, are fundamental to conservatism. Chaos is the weapon of those who would tear down society, because from the ashes, the powerless may be able to climb up on the rubble.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
B. Hammer: And you responded to drowningpuppies, your hated troll.
kiddiezatemypuppy: Ah, you noticed.
It was fairly obvious, but we always want to give the benefit of the doubt. Drowningpuppies is an avowed troll, so his comments are blocked. However, if he disavows trolling, then we would be happy to respond to his substantive comments.
Zzzzz: However, if he disavows trolling, then we would be happy to respond to his substantive comments.
And y'all wonder why I make fun of you kiddiez.
kiddiezatemypuppy: And y'all wonder why I make fun of you kiddiez.
In other words, you're still an avowed troll. Thank you for clarifying that point.
Making up shirt again, huh kiddiez?
Oh, that hurtz!
Your whole response proves you did nothing but read the title. If you had read it, you would know that the author was using chaos as an example of a negotiating tactic, among five other points about how Trump is leading the world, not trying to rule the world. And you wouldn't send me to some stupid Game of Thrones video. The title was a catchphrase.
The international order is about sovereignty? Is that what they talk about in their supper secret Davos meetings every year? So your Zach group is for sovereignty at the border?
B. Hammer: If you had read it, you would know that the author was using chaos as an example of a negotiating tactic, among five other points about how Trump is leading the world, not trying to rule the world.
And we responded concerning chaos. You can't have trust when behavior is unpredictable and unreliable. Unpredictability erodes crucial, long-standing international relationships based on trust. For instance, Trump playing coy with NATO Article 5 weakens the belief by other nations that the U.S. will live up to its treaty obligations, its promises, and heartens those hostile powers that want to see NATO weakened.
NATO members get what they pay for....in which the getting should be damn little.
indyjonesouthere: NATO members get what they pay for....
Yeah. Like when was the last time NATO allies fought and died alongside the Americans when called upon under the principle of mutual self-defence?
Whataboutism... hey, kiddiez?
That's right. The problem is right in the headline to the article.
No. The problem is you're reading the headline of an article literally.
jimg: No. The problem is you're reading the headline of an article literally.
Ah, yes. We read the words as written and responded to those words. It reads as a reactionary justification for Trump's personality traits. Maybe we should have got the joke when it said, "Chaos is power".
No more ‘leading’ from behind. No more trying to bring America to her knees. Make America Great Again. Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!
Now if Trump would go to work on our terrible indoctrination system, we might actually survive into the next century. Teach kids the value of Liberty, hardwork, the need for failure. Teach them going through life with their hand out, is no way to live. Teach them the value of independent thinking. Teach them to read history with circumspect and forgiveness; an understanding of what it was like to live in the past, not with your nose out of joint, condemning decisions made, without walking a mile in the shoes of those from history. Understand that socialism is an evil that has no place in the modern world. Work with charity, instead of the yoke of slavery. Help your fellow man back up to his feet, with compassion instead of derision.
B. Hammer: No more ‘leading’ from behind. No more trying to bring America to her knees. Make America Great Again.
The U.S. has been the uncontested leader of the free world since WWII. Other countries follow the U.S., not because they are forced to, but because they share values and goals the U.S. helped establish after WWII. When was the last time America's allies have rallied to her defence? Right now. In Afghanistan.
In any case, that's not what the article said. Rather, it said Trump was ruling America and the world. Worse, it argues that chaos is an effective strategy for the U.S., the leader of the free world which depends on a reliable network of alliances. The end result will be the weakening of the U.S., as it alienates the countries with which it shares the fundamental values of liberty and democracy.
Repeating the same over generalizations several times in the same thread doesn't make them true but it does reveal the weaknesses of y'alls narrative.
The added bonus is the laughter generated.
Zach, baby, the Canadians were there in Afghanistan, on the ground, for a fair few years. Our current PM may have pulled us out, but our "Highway of Heroes" pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for trying to save the unsaveable.
My heart BLEEEEEEEEDS for those poor souls at Purdue. Bleeds, I tell you!
Female gamers: Don't complain; beat the boys playing. Trash talk them.
Cupich is an enabler. Unfortunately.
South Africa withdraws white farmland redistribution bill six days after Trump warned he was closely studying the situation
The pervert mafia took over the church years ago as a result of the Church allowing secular psychologists to determine admission to the seminary. For decades the Marxists knew they had to destroy the Church to gain the moral upper hand. Several years ago a good book was published exposing the methods of usurping Church teachings with the title, "Good Bye, Good Men". The Marxists figured out that they could not produce a revolution in America by promoting class warfare so they changed tactics and pushed race and gender warfare...seems to have been well adopted by academia and politics. The rot goes deep and the mainstreaming of perversion is well promoted by government, academia, and the churches.
This whole situation is so very distressing. A Pope more concerned with global warming, than ridding the Church of rapists and perverts. Very sad.
I bought that book when it was new. I never read it. I think I will.
It goes back further.
See: Bella Dodds
South Africa may not have an official policy of land stealing but will turn their heads to the unofficial murders of white farmers and ranchers. Any white who stays in SA is crazy and will come to no good. Eventually SA will be just like Zimbabwe but you can rest assured that the politicians will never be the ones starving.
This could all be foreseen 25 years ago by anyone grounded in reality.
FRP: South Africa may not have an official policy of land stealing but will turn their heads to the unofficial murders of white farmers and ranchers.
"The number of farm murders in South Africa hit a 30-year low point in 2017-18, according to a report released by the South African Agricultural Industry (AgriSA) that cited South African police data."
Why hell, kiddiez, after 30 years there might not be that many white South Africans left to kill.
Or is that not substantive enough for a reply.
With regard to esports.
I do not like them, not even really a fan of video games. But my son (one of them) plays them. My other does from time to time. When I suggested esports was weird because it's just other people watching someone else playing a video game, they asked "you like football, baseball, hockey and college basketball - you're just watching someone else playing a game. How is this different?"
OK, I lost that one. They had me. It's not.
While sports have the benefit of getting you into prime physical condition and mental state of mind, esports don't do much besides expand a waistline, in my opinion. That said, I've learned (from experience) that it can hone your mental capabilities.
The few times I ever played my sons, managing the offense and defense of a team in Madden is, well, not easy at all. As a rookie, I found funny ways to beat them from time to time, but nothing which really worked well.
Being good at anything, even esports, is a skill. While I may not like them or even care much about them, there are lots of people who say the same about football, baseball, hockey and college basketball.
If we went back to the time periods these sports were developed, you'd find people saying the same thing. Teddy Roosevelt felt golf was a waste of time....yet today, more business is done on golf courses than in boardrooms, and the pros make a fortune. My father in law plays every day and loves it.
I play tennis. Sort've. I was just at the US Open. I can imagine people seeing lawn tennis for the first time and saying "what a waste of time".
So while yes, to me it is a waste of time - times change. Esports are here and they are real, and they are important to the people who play them.
It's like cosplay at the comic conventions. What a waste of time. Except if you do it. In that case..whatever floats your boat.
Bulldog: While sports have the benefit of getting you into prime physical condition and mental state of mind, esports don't do much besides expand a waistline, in my opinion. That said, I've learned (from experience) that it can hone your mental capabilities.
Parents: You'll never get a job playing video games.
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